The St. Louis Weekend Events Guide for Thursday, July 2nd through Sunday, July 5th.
Fair St. Louis: St. Louis’ biggest annual 4th of July festival. Experience free performances from Parmalee, Chris Young, American Authors, Blondie, Melissa Etheridge, Kool & The Gang, and tons more in Forest Park. There will be food and drink available for purchase all day. In addition to live music, enjoy the longest, tallest mobile Zip line and family entertainment including Pro Plan Performance Dog Team and bicycle stunt performner Chriss Clark. Fireworks conclude the festival each night at 10:30pm.
Date: July 2-4
Time: Thurs: 5-10:30pm, Fri: 12-10:30pm, Sat: 12-10pm
Place: Forest Park
Cardinals vs Padres: The Cardinals play the San Diego Padres at home this 4th of July weekend, so Cooper Tires is sponsoring a fireworks show on the 3rd, but there are games all weekend. In addition to the fireworks on Friday, the first 25,000 fans in the door 16 and older get a Replica 1982 World Series Ring. At Saturday’s game, the giveaway is an Adult Camo Print Jersey. The first 25,000 fans 16 and older will take home this one-of-a-kind jersey. Sunday’s game is ice cream Sunday and also Ozzie Smith Bronze Statue Sunday. The first 25,000 fans 16 and older will take home this replica of the statue of Ozzie Smith that sits outside the ballpark at the intersection of 8th and Clark.
Date: July 2-5
Time: Fri: 7:15pm, Sat & Sun: 1:15pm
Place: Busch Stadium
Riverfest 2015: A three day festival in Frontier Park with live music, food and fun beginning Thursday at 5pm. There will be a parade beginning at 10am on the 4th. There will be live music, food and crafts all day Friday & Saturday followed by fireworks on the Missouri River at 9:20pm.
Date: July 2-4
Time: Thurs: 5-10:30pm, Fri: 12-9:30pm, Sat: 10am-9:30pm
Place: Frontier Park, St. Charles
Lantern Festival: Magic Reimagined: Celebrating the Garden’s ongoing botanical research in China, 22 all-new sets crafted from silk and steel once again offer visitors from around the world the opportunity to experience an event rarely staged outside of Asia. Enjoy live performances from the LFC Chinese Acrobatic Performance Troupe each night followed by the lanterns being lit at 8pm. The festival is open Thursday-Sunday from May 23 to July 31 and nightly from August 1-23 from 6 to 10pm. Admission is $22 for adults ($11 members) and $10 for children ages 3-12 ($5 members’ children).
Date: July 2-5
Place: Missouri Botanical Garden – 4344 Shaw
Red, White & Brew Bash: Howl at the Moon in Ballpark Village is celebrating America’s birthday with a non-stop live show and all the drinks. Come by Howl at the Moon on July 3rd and 4th to kick off the national birthday weekend with a bang. You can expect lots of dancing, drinks, fun games, and prizes! Drink Specials Include: $3 Bud Lights, $4 Jack Daniel’s & Jack Daniel’s Honey Cocktails, and $20 86 oz Top Gun buckets. Don’t forget to wear your red, white, and blue.
Date: July 3
Place: Howl at the Moon – 601 Clark
First Friday at CAM: Enjoy an evening of art, music, and culture the first Friday of every month. DJs and musicians present music in dialogue with the exhibitions. This month, in collaboration with VSA Missouri, CAM will offer a special Sign Language Tour. Music by Rob Levy, DJ of Juxtaposition on KDHX. In addition, museum staff will lead tours, and the bar and café are open. Young Friends members can enjoy a complimentary drink. This is a free event. Cash bar will be open. Arts organizations throughout Grand Center are free and open the entire evening.
Date: July 3
Place: CAM – 3750 Washington Blvd
Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run: The Freedom 4 Miler & Family Fun Run presented by Schnucks is the most patriotic race in St. Louis. The 4 miler run starts at 7am and the one-mile Family Fun Run begins at 8:30am. Highlights include: dog tag finisher medals, tech t-shirts (Freedom 4 Miler), a most patriotic costume contest, a unit of soldiers running in cadence, an Armed Forces Division, and much more. A portion of the proceeds from this year’s race will go to the USO. Register before July 1st for $40. July 2-race day is $35.
Date: July 4
Place: Forest Park – Muny
Happy Birthday USA Run/Walk: America is turning 239 years old and we’ve got 500 three inch medals to celebrate! This is a virtual run/walk to celebrate America’s birthday. You choose whether you’ll do one mile, 5K, 10K, half marathon or marathon. Complete your race any time within one week before on or after July 4 and report your finish time. Registration is $18 and at least $4 of every registration will be dontated to THANKS USA, an organization which helps provide college, technical and vocational school need-based scholarships for the children and spouses of US military personnel. Registration is $18 or free with no medal.
Date: within one week before or after July 4
Time: set your own time
Place: set your own course
Veiled Prophet Parade: The 133rd annual VP Parade is one of the oldest parades in the nation. This year’s theme is Saturday in the Park, a tribute to historic parks around the country, including our own Forest Park, and the very special place they hold in the hearts of every person. Grand Marshal is Kenneth J. Mallin. To date, there are over 200 performers and entertainers in the parade and each year. Entertainment in the parade includes the United States Navy Band Great Lakes and the annual Liberty Drum challengers, which include 13 local high school bands.
Date: July 4
Place: Forest Park
Webster Groves Community Days: The festival runs for 4 days, kicking off with a pet parade on Wednesday evening at 6pm and entertainment from Strumgirls, LoveY, Los Delirios, WGHS A Cappella, Bethany Conerly, Blaze of Light, Last Orders, Better in Theory from 7-11pm in addition to food and carnival rides. Thursday evening is the Miss Webster Groves Pageant followed by live music. Friday Boogiefoot will perform and fireworks will be at 9:30pm. The final day will include the annual parade at 10am and end with a fireworks show at 9:30pm. This is a free festival with food, drinks, and ride tickets available for purchase.
Date: July 1-4
Time: Wed & Thurs: 5-11pm, Fri: 11am-11pm, Sat: 10am-11pm
Place: Memorial Park – Lockwood Ave
Carondelet Concert in the Park: A longstanding annual celebration of diverse music, hosting local musicians at various parks in the Carondelet neighborhood. These concerts have been a staple in the community for more than 25 years, attracting thousands of attendees. Beginning with the first Sunday in June and ending in mid-August, concerts are held in Carondelet park from 6-8pm. Each week features a different variety of music and other activities including craft fairs, childrens book-reading with the St. Louis Public Library during concert intermission and more. This week’s main attraction celebrates America and the military with the United States Air Force Band Big Band.
Date: July 5
Place: Carondelet Park – 3900 Holly Hills
To find out more about fireworks and live music festivals, check out Fireworks in St. Louis.